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  • Nabil Sayed Embabi
Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)


The North Sinai Sand Sea dominates the landscape of the northern part of Sinai; occupying an area of ~13,600 km. This sand sea has very limited extensions in both the Negev Desert in the east and in the plains to the west of Suez Canal. The sand sea has the most complex dune system among Egyptian sand seas. It is composed of two superimposed generations of dunes; one of them is composed of ancient fixed dunes, overtopped by a recent active dunes. Nearly all known dune forms and patterns are represented in this sand sea. Sand and dune movement represents a major hazard to development projects in the region of Sinai. Dune orientation varies greatly from one locality to another due to variations in wind regime locally as well as seasonal ones.


North Sinai Sand Sea Active dunes Fixed dunes Drowned dunes Linear dunes Crescent dunes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Faculty of ArtsAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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